Self-Parking CarsNumerous innovations in automobile safety technology are designed to keep a driver and his passengers safer than ever. Everything from blind spot monitoring to automatic emergency braking is slowly becoming standard equipment on many new vehicles. All designed to help you avoid an accident, you can choose from several safety packages depending on which vehicle you decide to purchase. Some manufacturers, like Toyota, include an entire suite of safety features that come standard on all of their models.
Another recent development in the world of automobile technology is self-parking capability. Suddenly, the dreaded task of parallel parking on a city street becomes much easier, as the car’s numerous cameras and sensors guide you effectively in order to park safely. It takes the stress out of the situation when you’re vying for a parking spot on a busy street and other motorists are watching you. Many people will even park at quite a distance from their intended destination if it means they end up avoiding parallel parking. What follows is a list of some of the best cars equipped with self-parking technology, so you don’t need to worry about avoiding the task any longer.
BMW Sedans & SUVsPart of their ConnectedDrive package, BMW’s parking assist uses sensors, cameras and linear guidance to automatically park your car safely, in either parallel or perpendicular arrangements. It measures distance of spaces while moving the car at a low speed. An additional component, a lateral parking aid, can be used by drivers who prefer to park it themselves and just need visual or audio assistance. Although it was inconsistent in operation when it was first released in 2012, and some drivers complained it didn’t work as well as advertised, BMW claims that the newest version consistently works. As of 2016, it’s offered on multiple models of the BMW, including the 3, 4, 5 and 6 series as well as the X3, X4, X5, and X6 SUVs.
Lincoln MKS The Lincoln MKS is equipped with active park assist, which works very well to help guide the driver into a parallel parking space. It uses sonar technology to find an appropriately sized parallel parking space and automatically steers you into it while visually and audibly directing the driver to operate the gas and brake at the right times. It’s included as part of a technology package.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class This brand’s parking system automatically parks your vehicle into a parallel or perpendicular space. It steers it and handles shifting and braking duties, leaving you to just watch the action remotely. It can also steer you out of a spot automatically, which is sometimes equally as hard as getting the vehicle in there in the first place.
Ford Focus This is a great automatic parking option on an affordable car. Ford's active park assist provides the driver with extra parking help when they need it most. Many consumers believe that advanced technologies like self-parking are only part of a luxury car’s equipment, but the active park assist technology on the Ford Focus is an example of an affordable vehicle with this advanced feature. Ford’s version has the driver work the brake and gas while the system takes care of the steering.